Mel as recently taken up the position of Leader of Shimadzu’s Centre of Excellence in Liquid Chromatography (April 2016) where he is responsible for inspiring and training young chromatographers. He also holds professorships at the University of Strathclyde (2002 – present) and The Open University (2009 – present).
Previously, he held the position of Head of Research & Development and Training at Hichrom Ltd (2008 – 2016). Before that he worked for 20 years in the pharmaceutical industry (1988 – 2008) where he had global responsibilities for separation science at AstraZeneca.
In 2007 he was awarded the Jubilee Silver Medal for chromatography by the Chromatographic Society. He has one hundred and sixteen publications in peer-reviewed journals in the area of separation science and organic chemistry and is a referee for numerous internationally renowned journals.
His current areas of interest include stationary phase characterizations, supercritical fluid chromatography, 2-dimensional LC, hydrophilic interaction chromatography, computerized method development, ultra-fast / high resolution LC and fundamental research into retention mechanisms in chromatography. He has supervised over 40 MSc, 18 PhD and two post-doctoral students. He has taught on the MSc course at Strathclyde University for over 25 years, delivered over 95 presentations and run 11 workshops at international conferences.